Toronto city council is peeling back a layer of red tape that has delayed or halted the development of small green-energy projects throughout the municipality.
Its approach: Create a new bylaw that overrides other bylaws.
Forty-three existing zoning bylaws currently make it illegal for anyone to generate electricity and then sell that power onto the provincial grid, creating a major hurdle for Torontonians wanting to take part in the province’s “standard offer” programs.
The Ontario Power Authority created the programs — one for renewable energy projects and one for low-emission “clean” energy projects — as part of an effort to reduce the province’s dependence on fossil fuel power generation. They’re the only programs of their kind in North America.